By Tanna M. Friday, Managing Editor
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council adopted the city’s budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022 during its regular meeting Tuesday, September 28, 2021. The $41 million budget, which Mayor Buddy Choat says, is the largest budget the city has ever managed.
“When the census came out with 26,000 residents, you can kind of tell where we were going with this,” Choat said.
The budget includes (pictured below) a 2% cost of living adjustment for city employees. The city will continue longevity pay for eligible employees and take an increased insurance cost for employees. In addition, the budget includes new vehicle purchases for departments throughout the city, equipment for the city, including the civic center’s exercise equipment.
“I think it is an excellent budget and a testimony to the way the city is growing,” Choat said. “Our revenues have grown. The census does allow us a little more opportunity to collect on the on-line sales tax, which is figured on population. Since the population has increased by 31% over the last census, the city gets a little bit bigger piece of the pie.”
In addition to the annual budget, the Council approved an ordinance issuing a $2.4 million general obligation bond to acquire, renovate, and develop a new facility for police operations. The competitive bid process to identify a lender for the loan was awarded to Synovus Bank, providing the lowest interest cost to the city, which includes a 1.43 percent fixed rate for 10 years.
In other matters, the Council approved:
• Consent agenda:
• Section X. Auditing Accounts;
• Five percent education premium for Police Dispatcher Candice Phillips-Warner, effective October 9, 2021;
• Approve 10 percent education premium for Firefighter Paramedic Matthew Richardson, effective October 9, 2021;
• Hire Anne Belue as part-time Recreation Unskilled Laborer (Grade 7 – Step 1), effective October 9, 2021;
• Hire Jordan Arrington and Matthew Hensley as Police Officers (Grade 17 – Step 1), effective October 9, 2021;
• Hire Edward Hill as Police Officer (Grade 17 – Step 2), effective October 9, 2021; and
• Hire Dalton Lucas as Police Officer (Grade 17 – Step 4), effective October 9, 2021.
• Auditing accounts;
a. Accounts payable;
b. Alabama League of Municipalities Convention for Councilors Jaime Anderson and Lisa Bright, November 1-3 in Montgomery. $ 295 registration fee per person plus accommodations;
c. Ground Maintenance Contract with Triple Care Lawn & Landscape LLC for Downtown Entertainment District, effective November 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022. Total Cost $32,400; and
d. Monthly Irrigation Agreement with Lee Neal Irrigation & Lighting Services LLC for Downtown Entertainment District, effective November 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022. Cost $300 a month.
• Proclamation 2021-21 recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October;
• Proclamation 2021-22 honoring Trussville Down Syndrome Day & MonthOctoberiber 1;
• Proclamation 2021-23 recognizing the Trussville Witches Ride on October 23;
• Proclamation 2021-24 recognizing Human Trafficking Prayer Walk on October 16;
• Proclamation 2021-25 honoring National Chiropractic Health Month for Oct.;
• Ordinance 2021-23ADM to re-zone 585 Simmons Drive Property from I-2 Industrial to C-2 Commercial (1 lot) and R-1 Single Family Residential (2 lots with Mermont Dr access);
• Ordinance 2021-24ADM to Issue Series 2021 General Obligation Warrants for New Police Training Center;
• Resolution 2021-51 approving On-or-Off Premises Sale of Beer & Wine for La Farre, 418 Main St.;
• Resolution 2021-52 approving the FY2021 Budget;
• Resolution 2021-53 approving demolition proceedings on 220 Snake Hill Road Residence; and
• Resolution 2021-54 approving the Seventh Amendment to the Project Development Agreement provides a 90-day extension.
The next Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, beginning at 6 p.m.